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ARCHIVES: Spencer, IA goes blue, Sioux City hoping for round two

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DES MOINES, Iowa (KTIV) -

Two Northwest Iowa towns were vying to represent the state as a healthy community.

Only one would be selected as a "Blue Zone" and that was Spencer, Iowa.

Spencer, Iowa joins Waterloo, Mason City, and Cedar Falls, as the first cities selected for the healthiest state initiative.

These towns will hire a handful of people to kick-start their community's efforts to go blue.

The initiative is focused on healthier living, more like trails, community gardens, and green business practices.

While Spencer gets first dibs on the project, Sioux City will have a second chance.

Alison Simpson, from Spencer, Iowa's "Blue Crew" said, "What we want the community to know is, its going to be a great opportunity for all residents of Spencer and the entire area."

Derek Carmona, the Sioux City Environmental Analyst, said, "Actually a little bit more energized especially after coming here today. Its one of those things that we've recognized the need, we've recognized the interest and we know people are into it."

Sioux City gets a second shot this summer, when the Blue Zones committee starts the next selection round.

In the meantime, they're going to go through some training to find out what they can do better. The winners will be announced in January.

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